### A general controllability theorem

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This paper deals with the analysis of a class of doubly nonlinear evolution equations in the framework of a general metric space. We propose for such equations a suitable metric formulation (which in fact extends the notion of Curve of Maximal Slopefor gradient flows in metric spaces, see [5]), and prove the existence of solutions for the related Cauchy problem by means of an approximation scheme by time discretization. Then, we apply our results to obtain the existence of solutions to abstract...

In the nonconvex case, solutions of rate-independent systems may develop jumps as a function of time. To model such jumps, we adopt the philosophy that rate-independence should be considered as limit of systems with smaller and smaller viscosity. For the finite-dimensional case we study the vanishing-viscosity limit of doubly nonlinear equations given in terms of a differentiable energy functional and a dissipation potential that is a viscous regularization of a given rate-independent dissipation...

In the nonconvex case, solutions of rate-independent systems may develop jumps as a function of time. To model such jumps, we adopt the philosophy that rate-independence should be considered as limit of systems with smaller and smaller viscosity. For the finite-dimensional case we study the vanishing-viscosity limit of doubly nonlinear equations given in terms of a differentiable energy functional and a dissipation potential that is a viscous regularization...

Existence results for critical points of asymptotically quadratic functions defined on Hilbert spaces are studied by using Morse-Conley index and pseudomonotone mappings. Applications to differential equations are given.

We consider a Canham − Helfrich − type variational problem defined over closed surfaces enclosing a fixed volume and having fixed surface area. The problem models the shape of multiphase biomembranes. It consists of minimizing the sum of the Canham − Helfrich energy, in which the bending rigidities and spontaneous curvatures are now phase-dependent, and a line tension penalization for the phase interfaces. By restricting attention to axisymmetric surfaces and phase distributions, we extend our previous...